A Precious Treasure

I attended a meeting and the subject of wills came up. A lawyer at the meeting said that it’s usually the one who does the most for someone who gets taken out of wills. A minister there said he had just that day counseled with a parishioner about taking someone out of her will. “But your sister,” he said, “is the one who does everything for you.”

“Yeah, all the wrong things!” she replied. And she left her estate to a distant relative somewhere in California who she hasn’t seen in years.

Odd, isn’t it, but that’s the way it often happens. The song, “You Only Hurt the One You Love” came to mind. I suppose the reason for this is simply a matter of distance. Those who are close receive all our love and, equally, all our wrath. They become familiar, taken for granted, and we do to them what we’d never dream of doing to strangers. But I suppose the real reason we tend to hurt the ones we love is because they care. People who don’t care don’t get hurt. Oh, they might get mad or annoyed with our behavior, but they don’t get hurt – they just walk away!

CONSIDER, loved ones are not just fair weather friends. They stay faithful through the good times as well as the bad. A loved one is a treasure a wise man guards with his love! As it says in Proverbs, “Faithful are the wounds of a friend; Many are the kisses of a stranger!

Rev. Wendell Mettey

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